Huawei plots digitisation roadmap
Broadband, cloud computing, digital literacy and an innovation ecosystem are four key foundations for executing Thailand's digitisation roadmap, according to a white paper proposed by Huawei Technology.
Although the government has already recognised the digitisation process through a long-term strategic plan, the action must be more proactive in order to achieve the goals of the country's prosperity, sustainability, and to escape from the middle-income trap.
The report, entitled "Insights on Digitalisation of Thailand Industry", was done in collaboration with consultancy company Roland Berger.
The report said that ageing society, agriculture and tourism are three areas that the government should prioritise, along with digital transformation.
If the government endorses the proper digital initiatives, it will be able to effectively support Thai people to become more self-reliant, help reduce socio-economic inequality and boost the country's competitiveness.
Victor Zhang, Huawei's president of government affairs, said the whitepaper came as a result of a meeting held earlier this year between Huawei's senior management team and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
By 2030, 27% of Thais will be aged over 60, compared with the global average of 17%, according to the paper.
In 2015, the agriculture sector accounted for one-third of the nation's workforce, but only contributed 9% of the country's GDP, while the tourism sector, which accounted for 17% of Thailand's GDP, accounted for 11% of the workforce.
Hauwei yesterday proposed the whitepaper to Gen Prayut through Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak.
The whitepaper was proposed as a complementary tool supporting the government's policy of Digital Thailand, said Mr Zhang.
He added that to serve those three crucial areas, the digital infrastructure implementation should cover the development of broadband, cloud-based computing system, innovation ecosystem and digital literacy.
The four key foundations that the government should continue developing are: the implementation of faster broadband speed; the integration of public agencies' core operational database systems with the government's cloud infrastructure; designing new regulations and incentives to encourage greater adoption of cloud service; and developing a platform to serve and strengthen the startup ecosystem, national R&D efforts and capabilities.
The paper also suggested that the government should improve the quality of science and technology education at the university level and encourage more training and development of the ICT workforce.